I'm deeply disturbed by Donald Trump's executive order threatening national parks, monuments and oceans. Public lands and waters help define who we are as a nation. This order jeopardizes the uniquely American idea of safeguarding our natural and cultural wonders for the enjoyment of all.
National parks, public lands and waters are a critical part of the nation's economy, especially in Colorado. Outdoor recreation alone generates $887 billion in consumer spending and supports 7.6 million jobs. And in 2016 national parks across the country saw record visitation.
Outdoor recreation contributes over $10 billion annually to Colorado's economy, supports 107,000 jobs across the state, generates nearly $500 million in annual state tax revenue and produces $7.6 billion annually in retail sales and services across Colorado, accounting for 4 percent of gross state product.
In Colorado we love our public lands and monuments. I urge Senator Gardner, Congressman Lamborn and Senator Bennet to stand up for protected public lands and the people and economies they support by speaking out against this executive order.
— Kate Dougherty, Colorado Springs
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